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chicken-livered

[chik-uh n-liv-erd]
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adjective Informal.
  1. timid; fearful; cowardly.
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Origin of chicken-livered

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for chicken-livered

Historical Examples

  • A weak-kneed, chicken-livered, white-bellied old bullfrog that squeaks and jumps, plunk!

    The Maid-At-Arms

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He thinks me a chicken-livered old coward and I know much more about him than I knew before; and we are at peace.

  • Come back here, you couple of chicken-livered cowards, and I'll thrash the two of ye!

  • I went, and this is what he says: 'The fool that defended me is a chicken-livered son of a—and all the rest of it,' he says.

    Summer

    Edith Wharton